tv [untitled] November 22, 2011 4:00pm-4:30pm EST
sanctions sanctions what do they mean what are they really are complication we'll take a look at the latest round the u.s. has imposed on iran plus could syria the next. ridge. ready to believe. that it is really we can actually feel this he is. pressing the wrong buttons an american journalist is kicked out of the national press club for asking tough questions but isn't that a journalist's job or is the american media used to being subservience of people with power and. there were definitely american trainers american involvement
american arms airplanes everybody knew it and it looks like cia secrets can't stay out of a forever especially when it comes to america's failed invasion of cuba and on the anniversary of john f. kennedy's assassination i'll take a look at some of the dark information the u.s. has been hiding for decades. it's tuesday november twenty second four pm in washington d.c. i'm liz wahl in here watching artsy well iran as facing fresh sanctions today the u.s. u.k. and canada have announced new financial and energy sanctions against the country it's all an attempt to stop iran from developing its suspected nuclear weapons program this comes after a controversial report came out from the un's
a large dog agency which is supposedly. shows evidence that iran is pursuing nuclear ambitions meanwhile syria now being eyed as the next country to face sanctions this as the u.n. puts pressure on syria to hold military operations against civilians and advocates human rights in the country the un human rights committee today passed a resolution condemning syria's crackdown on protesters no mention and a resolution of sanctions but it's not if syria doesn't listen up that is going to be the next step that would lead to a new country to face sanctions what is the point of them and what do they really accomplish jamaal of the policy director for the national iranian american council is here to do you see the studio to help us sort this all out welcome jim all determine so with this new set of sanctions iran now faces how effective will they really be the new sanctions are going to be for the middle the u.s. is going out of things to sanction inside iran and it's really an exercise in
projecting toughness not really pursuing real solutions and you know this is not the first time that iran has faced sanctions how successful are these sanctions been in the past. well iran has been under thirty years of sanctions so the entire structure of the iranian economy is based around sanctions being in place and so the same things that you saw put in place yesterday they're a very short step from total sanctions on the iranian central bank and what we're finding now is that we've run out of other things ascension and so we may actually end up sanctioning you running the oil exports and for the first time actually sanctioning something that could impact us here in the u.s. economy's in europe economies around the world so we're going to find out that sanctions actually come with a cost not just to ordinary people inside of the country that are being sanctioned
who certainly do suffer under these measures more so than the government but they're also going to start impacting ordinary people around the world and in addition to iran syria is now in line to face sanctions similar to what we saw in libya the syrian ambassador is calling the u.n. resolution an act of war he says the aims to affect the independence of their political decision making minute stopping them from moving ahead in their national political agenda as. what are the implications of applying sanctions to syria now. i think when a country or in this case the u.n. is applying sanctions there has to be a record a recognition of the limitations of the leverage that sanctions can provide you know in this case i'm not sure if there are levers that can be pulled with regard to syria that could actually affect the decision making of the syrian government i think that we have to recognize once we've sanctioned ourselves out of having
leverage and figure out ways to either get leverage or pursue negotiated agreements in the case of syria i think that a lot of people are watching this situation scratching their heads trying to figure out what what can be done to resolve this standoff to end human rights abuses that are happening. in the case of iran i think it is it is a different situation but this reliance on sanctions as sort of the end all be all can really put policies into a sort of sleepwalk right and you know with these rules. there they're meant to put pressure on iran is it possible that putting these sanctions on countries can make matters worse and increase tension between countries in the case in this case what you see is sort of a self-perpetuating cycle a vicious cycle in which one side ratchets up pressure and then the other side ratchets up pressure. you know the i.e.
a report reveals you know or doesn't reveal. certain problems with iran's nuclear investigations some of its research that it's doing that's meant by u.s. sanctions the whole point of this back and forth is supposed to be for one side side to get leverage and get a deal get a diplomatic deal so that the this doesn't escalate out of control and ended war what you see is that the types of sanctions that are being put in place don't encourage anybody to come to table iran to be able to withstand the sanctions the u.s. political system is going to to continue. two war policy makers who put sanctions in place and so we just continue to see a cycle that really has no end in sight until something something bad happens and we end up in a military confrontation ok so if not saying chan's than what is the answer well i think that there have been a number of posts that have put forward that we need to pursue aggressively the
unit the u.s. internationally needs to pursue aggressively we need to come to the recognition that we go she actions are a gift we were on negotiations are in the interests necessarily of iran there in the interest of you know the u.s. and the international community we have a lot to lose and a lot if the status quo remains and once again if we can figure out a way out so i think that some of the proposals that have been put place there's been talks of some sort of swap for you know iranian enrich uranium that they haven't reached up to a certain level or to twenty percent and sort of getting getting the ball rolling on negotiations through that mechanism there's also been a proposal put forward that would involve you know reducing sanctions in exchange for so certain iranian concessions related to its nuclear program we could be aggressively pursuing those in our national interests and unfortunately the political system just isn't rewarding people who are doing that but if we really
want to resolve this that's what we have to do jamal thank you so much for your thoughts on this that was jamal i'll be the policy director for the national iranian american council well a former u.s. senator is quite outspoken on this issue mike gravel of alaska as that is driving up a war with iran as dangerous not only to the region that's a world security r.t. if you don't shell sat down with the former senator take a listen. irresponsible of nuthin ya and the lies and i don't have to i'm not telling you anything new circles he says he's a liar so in my humble status as a private citizen that i tell you the netanyahu is a liar is not nothing new but he is a liar because he has made statements about iran that are absolutely ridiculous and all it is it's to create a fear for the people within israel he is part of the george who are central and
that is create a bunker mentality and create fear because with fear you can make people do almost anything in a representative society and that's what they're doing and israel israel has the finest group of peace advocates right within whenever i speak about israel i always quote israeli citizens i don't quote knowledge that i pick up anywhere because they are the best critics read koretz and you'll see what they think of the government and so this this whole ginning up over a war with iran very dangerous because iran is not syria not lebanon iran is a proud nation and they have missile capabilities they won't have nuclear capabilities but they have missile capabilities that they can rain down on television now i can tell you if they are attacked they will attack back and and israel is so
vulnerable and so small that they will retaliate they'll use nukes to retaliate if they can't suffer to be destroyed they'll use the end solution so they nuke iran what do you think pakistan's going to do with its nukes what do you think japan china is going to do what do you think the united states is going to do in retaliation. i mean you could start a third world nuclear war but you're responsibly attacking iran the best way to solve the problem with iran is leave them alone they have ventured build a democracy that we americans destroyed with the british leave them alone and the people will develop a democracy and a new theocracy won't last the ocracy are of the past. and that was former u.s.
senator mike or about live you'd like to see this interview in its entirety artsy dot com so had an arts you lost dog a lapdog american journalists aren't asking the tough questions anymore and if they do have they're punished coming up we'll speak to a journalist and stand up to someone in power. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so. you think you understand it and then something else hears you saw the part of it and realized everything you saw. i'm sorry is a big issue. what drives the world the fear mongering used by politicians who makes decisions. being made who can you trust no one. is you maybe you would have noble mission to
see where are we heading state controlled capitalism is called national so when nobody dares to ask we do our tea question more. into it only if we would. do the work to bring justice for. healthcare human right to know what the government should and would want to know why i think taxes. well i would characterize obama as
a charismatic version of american exceptionalism. and from cracking down on countries in the middle east or cracking down on the media here in d.c. the u.s. prides itself on its freedoms freedom of speech being one of them and so someone asks a tough question it's even worse when that person is not part of the mainstream media the saudi prince recently spoke at the national press club here and the nation's capital and journalist samples seen the opportunity to to ask him some tough questions take a look. at michigan the rich the. wealth and living. waters and one of them but if it's right would you like him from speaking as. we do like to come and speak here or give a speech. later that day hussein he got
a lot are informing him that he is banned from the press club i mean is there an attempt to silence certain voices and certain viewpoints in the media fantasy to have self as here to tell us all about what went down balcombe sam thank you what happens when i try to ask the question about the role of the saudi regime. invaded the brain there at the center of counter revolutions in the middle east in the saga mr grig dream obviously suppressing its own people so people are asking questions about the legitimacy of the syrian regime i thought it was only fair that we couldn't see the saudi regime and the so and then you were and what happened after the. director got into my face because the prince as he likes to clone sells. asked me if i've been to saudi arabia and i thought this was a typical politician and. said what's your legitimacy. doesn't matter if i've been to saudi arabia what's your legitimacy and yesterday and i said what's your
legitimacy and they got into my face trying to get me to shut up at that point i had some words with him outside as i left he grabbed my arm at one point and then i got a letter saying that i was suspended from the press club for two weeks and what was the reason you were given for the way centrist behavior i was guilty of boisterous and unseemly behavior as best as i can determine and the so-called ethics committee is not telling me about other cases everything's confidential to the press club which is supposed to be this monument to the first amendment. to all of its ethics probes in secret apparently and i've just been speaking about to other members it's apparently stuff that people who swear at the bar have been charged with occasionally and never as far as i can tell going to apply to a journalistic situation so boisterous behavior do you think is a justified reason what you call your behavior boisterous. i was guilty i was
asking tough questions. autocrat a political official who was allied with the united states. that's my crime or practicing journalism against somebody who when it's an establishment. no i understand that you've asked tough questions before our national press club one of the last times i was with. iranian leader mahmoud othman been a job i didn't actually get any questions in there because there were so many other people who were tripping over themselves to ask him so many tough questions would you say that they're equally as tough as the questions you're asking the saudis that's my memory i haven't actually reviewed but that's my memory i mean i certainly have been there have been other occasions where i've asked tough questions of somebody like the neo nazi hater from austria he was at the press club a while ago but before that obviously he was at the press club and i asked him and they let me have like four follow ups because he's not somebody who is part of the
establishment so they were fine with me asking him a bunch of tough questions without any constraints and they actually can gradually a moderator who was the same moderator here came up and congratulated me afterwards for my good work so it's it depends on who the target is apparently so do you think there's unspoken rules about who gets the tough questions that he doesn't i think it's people who are allied with the establishment get a soft treatment because the press corps wants to make sure that they keep coming they want access and they can think of a more creative way of getting access rather than asking. questions and i think all politicians leaders. the leaders of movements and so on should be subjected to tough questions now what do you think this has to say about the media and the freedom of speech in the us today i think the journalism needs to be reinvented i mean one of my main projects is with the institute for public eye care center put out. critical material and i ask tough questions at the press club another project
i have is called washington stakeout dot com where i go on sunday morning to all of the sunday morning talk shows where they politicians go when they get asked but no questions and they get a deceitful answers and they step outside and there are more cameras there and they're asking the same thing no questions and i go there with a camera man in town when i ask them tough questions and i think that we need to come to a new girl is a. tough questions are asked and where politicians and others are held accountable for their words i mean is anybody held accountable for their lies about you rocky w m d's and you know twenty other issues no it's just more of the same and it just keeps rolling along and we need to set up structures were people are accountable where their words no longer matter if they've seen so many times about so many things we hope to keep those tough questions coming thank you so much for sharing your story with us that was communications director of the institute for public accuracy sam scene. an airing out if there is
a laundry coming up next cia secrets are finally out in the open more than fifty years after the failed day of pigs invasion so what exactly have a good laugh and hiding all this time. to the east looking to. the test nobody seems to know. every pepper spray to face the argument that they're being overly dramatic.
well. we never got the. gravity. well today marks the anniversary of john f. kennedy's death and more than fifty years later the cia releases documents that were once secret the telling the bay of pigs invasion one document is a particularly interesting and highlights a conversation with president kennedy and his brother that attorney general robert kennedy they discuss of worries of
a senate investigation that threatens to reveal that president kennedy authorized the use of american jets and weapons in the failed attack on cuba are the corresponding kalen for takes and end up luck and what because documents reveal. it was meant to roll back a revolution begun on the dictatorship. and take down a government. instead the invasion of the bay of pigs went down as one of the greatest failures in u.s. history you know me then i know many many. many. many many and. killing one hundred fifteen in capturing twelve hundred other cuban exile paramilitaries including then twenty two year old alpha male don who was convinced we would either win or die we never expected to lose them and be prisoners and be alive. but that was the highlight of all the whole invasion force
that day with all the calls after that it will it all went downhill the exiles both landed on rocks and same political drop for the wrong rifle air cover arrived an hour late. and within three days without food or ammunition a counter revolution was over and the john f. kennedy administration claimed quote plausible deniability. commutative no aggression against iraq and north. from florida or from any of the remote it's very peter kornbluh has worked for thirty years to get the cia's own history of the bay of pigs operation declassified and says denying american involvement is impossible the reality was the very first person on the beach was a cia operative grayson when she. put the bacon on the beach. if you got on a boat start firing at the planes some of which turned out to be american planes freshly painted to look like the cuban air forces the twenty six bombers there were
definitely american trainers american involvement american arms american airplanes everybody knew it miami was like casablanca doing the war a second war war was full of intrigue and conspiracies despite president kennedy's public statements this was a struggle of human patriots against a cuban dictator we made it he did the clear. or. would not intervene in any way but the u.s. did intervene and recorded conversations president kennedy is overheard discussing with attorney general robert kennedy the potential political fallout from the congressional investigation. going to. try to figure out how to get out of. the way. it would have creating. the classified documents show that the cia knew the invasion would fail they tried
to with that we could before the invasion resigned on the day of the invasion but the invasion preceded it anyway setting the stage for many more overt covert operations by the united states but all these drone attacks and surface in addition to the groans everybody knows opposed to the. operations and there's nothing really called for about it but of course agents and takes no specific. official credit for killing ford artsy washington d.c. . and the capital account is up next on our team let's check in with lauren lyster to see what's on the agenda today lauren i there liz lots to talk about today i don't know if you saw that m.f. global the firm that declared bankruptcy we've been covering it a lot on this show one of our guests lost a lot of money or at least it's missing right now well now we found out that more than one point two billion dollars might be missing that's twice the amount that regulators originally thought so looking at this looking at john corazon who was
the head of this firm who possibly used customer money to do stuff that he should know with the funds money mixing those two were the indictment for him when you look back to the savings and loan crisis you got ten thousand referrals from regulators for criminal investigations these are criminal or frauds you want to guess how many there were during the financial crisis that started in two thousand and eight can you guess list. how much. i was hoping you come up with something because anything would be more than how many there were there words zero so we'll look into that we'll see why that as we speak to famed investor jim rogers about all of this today our viewers are usually very excited to see what he has to say all right well looking forward to it bangalore and for that preview for us that does it for now for more on the stories we covered going to artsy dot com slash usa and check out our you tube page it's youtube dot com slash artsy america you can also follow me on twitter liz wall the capital account of lara let's start is up
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